Things move fast in the fashion world, and few better can attest to that than Nathan Jenden, newly appointed Chief Design Officer at Diane von Furstenberg, following the departure of Jonathan Saunders at the house in late 2017. With just a short time to create his Autumn/Winter 2018 collection, Jenden's in-depth knowledge of the iconic brand – having worked there previously – and his familiarity with the von Furstenberg family, gave the collection an intimacy and confidence that was much needed and firmly delivered.
With many fashion houses going through a period of evolution to meet millennial and younger customers' demands, it seemed fitting then that Jenden looked to the new generation of DVF girls for inspiration, taking Talita von Furstenberg – granddaughter of Diane – as his muse and the face of the collection. Having known her since childhood, testament to the bond Jenden has with the storied family, could be seen in his rich, compelling and energetic line-up, which featured a riot of archival prints, at times clashing, as well as mix-and-match textures and layers, armfuls of ruffles, and, of course, the wrap in its many iterations and riffs. Distinctly late '60s and '70s in its silhouette and style, Jenden proved that to look to the future at DVF, one must pay deference to the colourful, fun and flamboyant past that so punctuates this treasured brand.
Shop: Diane von Furstenberg